Auction 46 Part 2 Life is short - art is eternal.
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May 24, 2020
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The Bobrinskaya A. Ornament mountain Tajiks of Darvaz ( mountain Bukhara ). 5 color and 15 black phototypes of the ...

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The Bobrinskaya A. Ornament mountain Tajiks of Darvaz ( mountain Bukhara ). 5 color and 15 black phototypes of the work of fot. Pavlov.

M. Typo-lithography of t-VA I. N. Kushnerev and co. 1900 18 p., XX tab. Publisher's cardboard binding, size 28.5 x 37 cm. Good-very good condition, complete set of illustrations. Corners are bent, cracks in the block appear between some pages, and spots on some protective tracing papers.


Count Alexey Alekseyevich Bobrinsky (1861-1938) was an undeservedly forgotten Russian ethnographer and great — great - grandson of Empress Catherine the great. He left behind for posterity his main work "Folk Russian Wooden Products", published at the author's expense in 1910 -1914. For his work "Ornament of Mountain Tajiks of Darvaz", he was awarded the gold medal of the Imperial archaeological society.


The book "Ornament of mountain Tajiks of Darvaz" is a work of a Russian traveler and scientist dedicated to the material culture of the Darvaz region, also known as Nagornaya Bukhara (in the territory of modern Tajikistan). The book deals with two types of needlework: embroidery and stockings. The book begins with an overview of the region and its population. Northern Darvaz is located in the Western part of the Pamir plateau, on the right Bank of the Panj river (some sections of which form the border between modern Afghanistan and Tajikistan). According to the author, this is a fertile, picturesque and fertile region. Darwaz is characterized by a mixed population, due to centuries of conquest and proximity to the routes connecting India and Central Asia. The author divides local residents into five types, depending on their physical characteristics, and notes that most of them are Sunni Muslims, but they do not differ in particular religiosity. The book contains five color and 15 black-and-white illustrations. In the section devoted to embroidery, it is told about the decoration of silk embroidery of facial curtains and women's clothing, often ornaments with the image of birds and a tree. Facial curtains are usually not used in everyday life, but are inherited as family values mainly in well-off families. As the author explains, all mountaineers wear stockings all year round, putting on two or three pairs at a time, and over them-mukki (boots made of very soft leather), tied on top with a ribbon.


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